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Historical Scholarship in the Digital Age

Presidential Election Word Clouds

If you have not checked out wordle, it is an excellent tool for visualizing word frequencies in a given text.  Additionally, it is extremely easy to use.  After the historic election on Tuesday night, the transcripts (or versions of them) from President-elect Barack Obama’s victory speech and Senator John McCain’s concession speech were on several different news outlets.  I pasted the text from each of their speeches and imported it into wordle to create word clouds.  This is another tool that can help one analyze and understand texts.

Here is Obama’s Victory Speech:obama-victory-speech

And McCain’s:

mccain-speech-word-cloud1

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